You know your own birthday. You probably know your own birthstone. But do you know that most people enjoy the folklore associated with the tradition of the birthstone. They enjoy believing that wearing a birthstone brings them good luck and protects them.
Early civilization as far back as the Assyrians (1400 BC) invested rare and beautiful gemstones with magical properties. Some minerals were thought to contain a force or possess certain values and powers. For instance, amethyst was said to prevent intoxication.
Tradition associates a gem with each sign of the zodiac based on a color system. Color was thought to unleash the power attributed to the stone.
In time, birthstones became associated with calendar months rather than the zodiac. And people began to select birthstones in colors other than the original.
A birthstone is a gemstone that symbolizes a month of birth. They are often used in personal jewelry like rings or pendants. Wearing a birthstone during its assigned month heightened its healing powers. For the full effect, individuals needed to own all twelve and alternate them monthly. People like believing that wearing a birthstone brings them good luck and protects them.
Garnet is the accepted birthstone for the month of January. They are durable and brilliant and will give years of pleasure.
Amethyst is the recognized birthstone for February. It has symbolized peace, protection and tranquility.
Aquamarine is the traditional birthstone for March. It is a universal symbol of youth, hope and health.
Diamond is the birthstone for the month of April. The name “diamond” comes from the Greek word “adamas” meaning unconquerable-suggesting the eternity of love.
Emerald is the birthstone for the month of May. According to legend, the wearing of emerald not only cured a wide range of ailments, including low I.Q., poor eyesight and infertility.
Pearls have been recognized as the emblem of modesty, chastity and purity. They have come to symbolize a happy marriage.
Ruby is the accepted birthstone for July. Ruby is known as the “Lord of the Gems” because of its rarity and beauty.
Peridot is the accepted birthstone for August. They were considered powerful amulets against all evil, and when set in gold, were said to protect the wearer from the terrors of the night. August birthstones make beautiful birthstone jewellery!
Sapphire is the September birthstone. Marriage partners put great faith in the stone. If its luster dimmed, one knew his or her spouse had been unfaithful. Sapphire refused to shine when worn by the wicked or impure.
Opal is the October birthstone. Opal has symbolized hope, innocence and purity through the ages.
Topaz is the accepted birthstone for November. It holds the distinction of being the gemstone with the widest range of curative powers.
Turquoise is the December birthstone. It was believed to bring spoils to the warrior, animals to the hunter, and happiness and good fortune to all.